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HHS announces leadership team appointments

| Aug 25, 2021 | Texas

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young today announced key appointments to HHSC's leadership team who will help guide the agency's regulatory oversight of licensed facilities, manage the state’s 10 psychiatric hospitals and 13 state supported living centers, and provide strategic direction for policy and rule development....[ Read More ]

Gov. Abbott attended large fundraiser ahead of COVID-19 diagnosis

| Aug 17, 2021 | Texas

Moments ago, the Office of the Governor confirmed that Greg Abbott has tested positive for COVID-19. "Governor Abbott is receiving Regeneron's monoclonal antibody treatment. Governor Abbott is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in good health, and currently experiencing no symptoms." The Office did not comment on the Governor having attended a...[ Read More ]

Texas hospitals take steps to accommodate COVID-19 case surge

| Aug 11, 2021 | Texas

As COVID-19 hospitalizations increase at their fastest rate ever and facilities confront severe capacity strains, Texas hospitals are implementing measures to fight the impacts of the recent Delta variant-fueled wave of COVID-19 cases. Total hospitalizations in the state increased from 1,500 in June to over 10,000 in August so far....[ Read More ]

Monetary penalties loom for Texas hospitals noncompliant with price transparency rule

| Aug 11, 2021 | Texas

With a recent study illuminating many Texas hospitals’ noncompliance with federal price transparency laws, as well as a new state transparency law about to take effect, noncompliant hospitals could soon face both federal and state-level monetary penalties. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)’s final rule on hospital price...[ Read More ]

Governor Abbott, DSHS announce deployment of 2,500 medical personnel to help hospitals mitigate recent rise In COVID-19 cases

| Aug 11, 2021 | Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has arranged for the deployment of more than 2,500 medical personnel to help hospitals care for the increasing number of COVID-19 patients across Texas. This operation follows the Governor's directive earlier this week that DSHS utilize staffing agencies to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: HCBS spending plan, Topical Agenda, Price transparency

| Aug 11, 2021 | Texas

It’s an odd time in COVID. Public opinion has turned gloomy, with Gallup reporting that more people are pessimistic about the future of COVID and getting the disease than are optimistic. That’s the first time since January that more folks are worried than hopeful. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are...[ Read More ]

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